Skateboarder crashes into deer at 40mph - video

High-speed hazard downs extreme sportsman as he collides with animal while skating downhill

LAST UPDATED AT 15:32 ON Mon 1 Oct 2012

A SKATEBOARDER got more than he bargained for when he struck a deer while travelling down a road at 40mph and ended up in a crumpled heap by the side of the highway.

The collision, footage of which was posted on YouTube, took place on a mountain road in clear daylight. A group of extreme sports enthusiasts is travelling down the road at a fair clip when the startled animal begins to gallop alongside one of them.

The rider attempts to take evasive action, but is taken out by the deer and left in the dirt track by the roadside. The deer reportedly “fled away after the accident” and it is thought not to have been hurt.

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